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From the moment Gavin Blake set eyes on Emily Harris he knew she would never make it in the rugged high country where backbreaking work and constant hardship were commonplace. She would wilt there like a rose without water. He'd be sending her back to Boise before the first snows. He'd be willing to bet on it.She could say what she wanted. Emily Harris didn't belong in theFrom the moment Gavin Blake set eyes on Emily Harris he knew she would never make it in the rugged high country where backbreaking work and constant hardship were commonplace. She would wilt there like a rose without water. He'd be sending her back to Boise before the first snows. He'd be willing to bet on it.She could say what she wanted. Emily Harris didn't belong in the hard life of the Blakes. Beautiful and refined, she was accustomed to the best life had to offer. Heaven only knew why she wanted to leave Boise to teach two young girls on a ranch miles from nowhere. He'd wager it had to do with a man. It always did when a beautiful woman was involved. Emily wanted to make some sort of mark on the world before marriage. She wanted to be more than just a society wife. Though she had plenty of opportunities back East, she had come to the Idaho high country looking to make a difference. Gavin's resistance to her presence made her even more determined to prove herself. Perhaps changing the heart of one man might make the greatest difference of all....

Title : When Love Blooms
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ISBN : 9780310259282
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Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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When Love Blooms Reviews

  • Tee Mcdaniel
    2018-10-20 11:44

    I normally never read historical romances but picked this one up by accident and it turned out to be a really good book about life in the 1800's. A mother dying of cancer wants to make sure her family will be loved and taken care of when she's gone.

  • Mackenzie
    2018-11-01 10:49

    **Audio book

  • Mary Baker
    2018-10-24 13:38

    This book was comfortable but not exciting read. The two main characters didn't seem well developed nor did the conclusion fit as well as it should have.

  • Sara ♥
    2018-11-18 12:43

    This book was really good.... but it was kinda backwards in a way that you don't expect from a CHRISTIAN romance.Okay, so Dru and Charlie were married and very much in love and they had 2 daughters. Then Charlie died and Dru was left alone with the girls. When Dru found out she was dying of "a cancer", she asked Charlie's best friend, Gavin Blake (the hero), if he would marry her so the girls would have a dad after she died. He obliged her. They love each other, but only as a brother/sister would...So at the beginning of the book, Dru and Blake (who are MARRIED, nonetheless), are in Boise and Dru is trying to find a governess for her daughters and hopes (secretly) to find someone who Blake might like to marry after she's dead. They find Emily Harris (the heroine), and she goes with them out to their ranch where the cattle are (or whatever).So Emily is teaching the girls (Sabrina/"Brina" and Petula/"Pet). She quickly falls in love with them. And she's taking care of Dru, too... and she becomes friends with her as well. Blake doesn't approve of her (as she's a beautiful, rich young woman and doesn't look like she's last a week in the wilderness), and Emily is determined to prove him wrong.... and in so doing, she realizes that she's attracted to him. She's HORRIFIED by this, because he is MARRIED and to her FRIEND! She tries to leave, but Dru is like, "You promised to stay till Spring! You have to! The girls are going to need you, and Gavin is going to need you, too!"AND Blake realizes he's attracted to Emily... but he's ALSO horrified by this, especially since his parents' married ended with adultery issues, and he is like, "I'm going down the same path if I keep thinking things like I'm thinking!" And Dru, who has secretly been playing matchmaker is going, "Oh crap. I didn't foresee that I'd be in the way because I'd still be alive... Oops!" But it's not like she wants to die and leave her daughters, you know?"Anyway, so it's kinda weird in that way. Nothing happens of course, but it's AWKWARD there for a bit! And then after Dru dies, Gavin gets all weird, and Emily gets engaged to someone else like the DAY before Gavin realizes Dru arranged the whole thing and he should go for it... and then confusion, guilt, confusion, guilt.... until it all ends happily ever after!Cute! Emily was lovely, Gavin was great, the girls were adorable! :) Overall, a really really cute story!

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-26 13:50

    I listened to the audio book, and I had to put it on faster speed so that it doesn't take took long for me to get through it. The reader did an ok job except I think she tried to hard to imitate the deep timbre of men's voices . ..they just sounded weird. Overall a nice story with some conflicting emotions and such. I didn't expect the main hero to be married since it doesn't mention that in the book description, but that was a big part of the conflict and tension. The characters probably could have been developed a bit more, too. Nothing terribly exciting or page-turning, but a pleasant read nonetheless.

  • Samantha Jo
    2018-10-30 09:38

    Generally, I lean toward the contemporary side of fiction, but this book caught my eye… and then my heart. Emily’s journey with the Blake’s is both joyful and heartbreaking as she cares for two young girls and their sickly mother far from the usual comforts of home.Her will power to prove herself is strong, but her gentle spirit and kind words remind me of 1 Peter…"... let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit..."Small deeds done with great love prove to be the common thread throughout the novel while Emily travels from the Stanley Basin, nestled in the valley of majestic mountains, to the Lucky Strike Ranch miles outside of Challis.Her story is one of laughter and tears – a new start and a tender romance winding through everyday chores.I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book – set in the 1800’s. The heartwarming story played out against cold winter’s nights brings feelings of family and faith and perseverance. I decided at once that I would not get attached to the cancer-stricken Dru, but found myself, instead, enjoying her company. Emily’s determination alongside her loving nature weaves a character much like a life-long friend – both honest and loving. And the gruff Mr. Blake takes his turn at your heart as his story unfolds in to one of integrity and kindness. A quick read that captures your heart, Robin Lee Hatcher writes words of hope that rise from heartache and words of love that spring to life. Read more reviews like this one at www.westofnewburystreet.blogspot.com

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-06 15:53

    another book about the misunderstanding that can occur when you don't communicate with words. Emily Harris didn't know that she would be making Idaho her permanent home when she went form Washington to help her sister recover from an illness. She found the need to pull her own weight and applied for a governess for two young girls. She didn't know when she was hired that she would fall in love with a married man and his adopted daughters or with the land that he called home. Drucilla had cancer and wanted to find a woman for which to entrust her two girls to. She had Gavin Blake her husband in name only that married her after her own husbands death and her diagnosis of cancer so that her children would not be orphaned, but she wanted more for Gavin...she wanted him to have a love like hers and her late husband Charles had...she thought Emily Harris filled the role. The two fought the attraction believing that they were wrong when Gavin was married, but even after Dru's death the two fought it until another came into the picture. Emily accepted Patrick's proposal, he was rich, kind and available, but in the end she called it off because it was wrong when she married one and loved another. Gavin didn't know of her love for him nor did she know of his for her and the misunderstanding went unspoken...actions speaking louder than words. In the end Gavin went after her and brought her back to the ranch that he thought she would never even survive the first month at.

  • Susan
    2018-11-05 16:03

    From the moment Gavin Blake set eyes on Emily Harris he knew she would never make it in the rugged high country where backbreaking work and constant hardship were commonplace. She would wilt there like a rose without water. He'd be sending her back to Boise before the first snows. He'd be willing to bet on it.She could say what she wanted. Emily Harris didn't belong in the hard life of the Blakes. Beautiful and refined, she was accustomed to the best life had to offer. Heaven only knew why she wanted to leave Boise to teach two young girls on a ranch miles from nowhere. He'd wager it had to do with a man. It always did when a beautiful woman was involved. Emily wanted to make some sort of mark on the world before marriage. She wanted to be more than just a society wife. Though she had plenty of opportunities back East, she had come to the Idaho high country looking to make a difference. Gavin's resistance to her presence made her even more determined to prove herself. Perhaps changing the heart of one man might make the greatest difference of all.One part sweetness and light, one part tragedy, and a pinch of poor communication. It was enjoyable, but didn't totally grab me. Emily is panting just a bit much over a married man, and Gavin is just a bit too much of a damaged tough guy for my tastes. (And the kids are always perfectly behaved!)

  • Carelisle Jaenn Hermosada Cabalan
    2018-11-05 14:07

    5 STARS FOR THIS AWESOME PIECE OF ART!When I first found this book the store, I thought real hard if I should buy it... And that was the best decision I ever made! Reading this opened my mind to realism, Ms. Hatcher made it surreal for me to believe this was fiction (the characters were real people and they had a real love story, but not like this), her writing technique is polished and simple to comprehend.Emily Harris and Gavin Blake were one of the most difficult couples to ever deal with! With Gavin and his wife Dru, Emily couldn't explicit what she had for Gavin, and with Gavin, also a stubborn man, pride and ego and guilt hindered him through out the story; which was a good thing because he had a lot of hesitations... I enjoyed the part when Gavin surprised Emily with a sudden kiss, though it wasn't her first... I still liked the thought of how the two came together in the end. Sabrina and Petula are one of the most significant characters in the story, if it weren't for them Dru wouldn't have to convince Gavin to hire a governess and Gavin wouldn't have met Emily. This is one of most breathtaking stories I have ever read. I wish to read more of Ms. Hatcher's stories in the forthcoming. All in all... IT WAS FANTASTIC!

  • Virginia Campbell
    2018-10-26 08:07

    "When Love Blooms" is the perfect title for this romantic story of loss, new discoveries and the healing power of love. Gavin Blake and Emily Harris meet when she accepts the position of governess and teacher for his wife's two young daughters. Emily appears to be very much a refined city lady, and Gavin doubts that Emily will adapt to the rugged lifestyle of his family's mountain ranch. Emily is not quite sure of what to make of Gavin, and she senses his disapproval. Gavin married his wife Dru because she was the widow of his best friend, and he feels responsible for the care of Dru and her children. Dru and Gavin are married, but they are just good friends, not truly husband and wife. They are not lovers. Dru is very ill, dying of cancer, and she sees in Emily someone who will love her children. While Gavin at first disapproves of Emily, he is also quite attracted to her, and his quilt over this attraction eats away at him. The more time that Emily spends with the family, the more she realizes that Gavin is a good man of deep feeling. Though all of the characters undergo difficult personal challenges, they also experience great personal growth. They bloom as people, just as "love blooms". A lovely, touching romantic read!

  • Jill Williamson
    2018-11-03 09:47

    Emily Harris is looking for a life change. She loves her sister's family, but she needs to get out on her own. She wants to be more than just a society wife. She interviews as a governess for a ranching family far away from city life. She is determined to prove that there is more to her than a pretty face. Gavin Blake doesn't think his wife made the right choice in hiring Emily Harris. The work is hard in the rugged high country, and this refined lady has no business teaching two young girls on a ranch miles from nowhere. But Dru Blake knows what she's doing. Emily Harris is the perfect person to love her daughters and her husband. For Dru has a plan she hopes the Good Lord will help her out with. A plan that will not only take care of her daughters once she's gone, but will take care of Gavin, too. What a hard, yet heartwarming, story! I started this at about 10:30 one night and stayed up until 2:30 am because I couldn't stop reading it. I was enthralled by the characters and their conflict that Robin Lee Hatcher created. She transported me into 1883. Her characters tugged at my heart and wouldn't let me rest until I knew how everything worked out. This was the first book of Robin's that I've read. Now I know why she is so successful. What a storyteller!

  • Debbi
    2018-10-28 10:08

    A sweet story."From the moment Gavin Blake set eyes on Emily Harris he knew she would never make it in the rugged high country where backbreaking work and constant hardship were commonplace. She would wilt there like a rose without water. He'd be sending her back to Boise before the first snows. He'd be willing to bet on it. She could say what she wanted. Emily Harris didn't belong in the hard life of the Blakes. Beautiful and refined, she was accustomed to the best life had to offer. Heaven only knew why she wanted to leave Boise to teach two young girls on a ranch miles from nowhere. He'd wager it had to do with a man. It always did when a beautiful woman was involved. Emily wanted to make some sort of mark on the world before marriage. She wanted to be more than just a society wife. Though she had plenty of opportunities back East, she had come to the Idaho high country looking to make a difference. Gavin's resistance to her presence made her even more determined to prove herself. Perhaps changing the heart of one man might make the greatest difference of all."

  • Carolyn
    2018-10-20 12:05

    I had some real problems with this one. I listened to the audio version and the reader was not very good. That aside, Dru put everyone in a very untenable situation. It was awkward and uncomfortable to get through. (view spoiler)[ So Dru is dying. Her first husband died so she married her friend so her children would have a father. So she wants to hire a governess to help her husband care for the girls through the winter and spring while she is dying and after she is gone. Her ulterior motive is to find a girl who her husband can marry and love so the transition will be less difficult for her daughters. She cares for her husband, but not in a romantic way. He feels the same for her. So. She hires Emily and low and behold Emily and Gavin do fall in love. Except Dru isn't dead. Emily and Gavin both fight it. Then Dru does die. But they have both spent so long trying not to see each other, they almost don't get together. Emily gets engaged to someone else and Gavin sends her away early. In the end it all works out, but it felt so wrong with Dru being alive for two thirds of the book. (hide spoiler)]

  • Brenna H.
    2018-11-16 07:50

    This was a--how should I put this?--mellow book. There wasn't any great suspense or evil villain or anything. The conflict was low-key--the hero's struggle with his past and the heroine's struggle with her feelings. That's not meant as a criticism, just an observation. (I get kind of tired of evil villains and whatnot, honestly. Sometimes they're brilliant for the story, while other times they just seem forced and awkward or overdone or, well, just plain annoying.)This is the fourth book in this genre (i.e. Christian historical fiction) that I've read in the last three days, and it continues the trend, I guess, of the others: I wanted something more from the romance. Something deeper. I couldn't quite feel the love that supposedly sprung up between the characters. I knew it was there because I was told it was there. So, that's my only complaint, really. Other than that, it was a fast, sweet read.

  • Krista
    2018-10-29 09:00

    I really enjoy reading books set in different periods of history. This novel is set in the late 1880's in Idaho. Emily Harris becomes a governess for for two little girls in a rural area of Idaho. The girls' mother, Dru, is dying of cancer. The girls' stepfather, Gavin, and Dru are married in name only. Dru wishes to find love for her husband, so he will be happy after her death.When Love Blooms shows its readers that eventhrough trials God is always there. Emily learns to love and trust her heart and God.I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to find out what happens to Emily and how or if she and Gavin find love. Gavin had such a hard childhood and has a deep distrust of women. I was rooting for him to come to love Emily. There is a bit of history in the book as well, although not as much as I would have liked. Overall a wonderful, fun, light romance.

  • Paula-O
    2018-11-04 13:04

    This was book #3 in a series by Robin Lee Hatcher "When Love Blooms" but was good read by itself also. The Blakes needed a governess/teacher for their two little girls and they were traveling in rough country. Emily sees the ad in paper for this job and wants her life to count for something so she decides this is job for her. Almost instantly she knows she has a feeling that something is there or "could be there" between she and Mr Blake. This bothers her immensely and all tru the book we see how she struggles with this feeling as she learns to love the little girls and the job of being a teacher. Good job Robin.

  • Michele
    2018-11-20 07:39

    A nice Christian love story set in the 1800s in Idaho. Young Emily takes a job as a governess to a family with two small daughters. The husband, Blake, does not seem to like her one bit and he doesn't see how someone used to living in society will make it this hard, mountainous country. His wife takes an immediate liking to Emily as do the daughters. The story is one of Emily trying to prove herself to everyone but mostly Blake.It is a nice story but not one that grabbed me as much as others. A story with much sadness but also much joy and happiness. It is a story where God's divine leading is seen but not overly "preachy."

  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    2018-10-24 15:50

    Gavin Blake's wife is dying. She asks him to hire a governess for their two daughters. Begrudgingly, Emily Harris is hired and brought along with the Blake family to the isolated ranch. Emily strives to care for the ill Mrs. Blake and teacher her daughters. Gavin struggles to accept Emily's refined background and her place on his ranch.When Love Blooms is a standalone novel about a young woman proving her worth. With so many series available, I enjoy the chance to read one and be done.Time Period: 1883Location: Boise City, USA

  • Beth
    2018-11-04 12:51

    Summer reading love story which takes place in 1883 on mountain ranch in Idaho where a husband's wife is dying of cancer and an educated unmarried woman takes a job as governess. The dying wife wants her husband to fall in love with the governess so he will have someone who loves him and her children after she dies. The governess struggles to "do as God would wish" by not loving a married man. Of course after many temptations and avoidance of temptation, all turns out okay. Story is good, but sermonizing a bit too obvious for comfortable reading.

  • Donia
    2018-11-07 16:00

    The opening chapters of this story were interesting because of the location; the Sawtooth Mountain wilderness, ranching, the impending death of one of the main characters however, the romantic obsession that Emily develops for Gavin was less than romantic in fact it was down right sick and stupid and turned me off to both her and Gavin as interesting people. I don't know if any of this was based upon true life but the way it was presented as a romance was a turnoff. Any woman who holds a torch for a man who mistreats her and throws over a nice man like Patrick has to have her head examined.

  • Daisy
    2018-11-18 15:59

    This story was very sweet. The main character (Emily) was searching for her life's purpose and her life's love. She found both, but it took her a good while to figure that out. I do think that the story section with Patrick was a bit rushed, and believe that the author could have expanded on that a bit more. The turmoil and conflict that Emily felt could have been described more deeply.Overall a great, light, easy read.

  • Brooke
    2018-11-05 14:48

    If you like Robin Lee Hatcher books you'll like this book as well. If I could I would have given it 3.5 stars but its just not quite a 4 start book partly because its very predictable. It looks like there might have been a precursor book to this one but I didn't know that when I read this so I don't think you have to read that book to pick up this one and know what is going on. If you like historical Christian fiction you'll find this to be an easy read for summer!

  • Susan
    2018-11-17 08:03

    I think I enjoyed it but found that as soon as I started a new book I couldn't remember what this was about. Not sure if that is a comment on the book or me. After review - In 1883 a young woman takes a job as governess to a ranching family with two little girls and promises to stay until the next spring. The mother is dying and the dad is really a step dad and friend who married the mom to take care of her and give the girls a home. Really, the mom is making plans for a new mom too.

  • April
    2018-11-13 07:39

    Emily Harris becomes a governess for the Blake family who live near Challis, ID and summer their cow herd in the Stanley basin. The year is 1883. Dru Blake has cancer and is going to die.Gavin is her husband in name only since her husband Charlie died. Gavin and Emily develop feelings for each other but there are a number of bumps in the road.The girls, Sabrina and Petula, that Emily teaches are well behaved and nice.

  • Sandra Pieralisi
    2018-10-22 07:45

    Emily Harris, beautiful, refined and accustomed to the best life had to offer, but she wanted to make a difference. She applied for a Governess and teacher job for two little girls. The childrens Mother was vey sick..Gavin Blake was Dru's husband. Gavin did not think she would make it in the rugged high country. Emily Harris thinks she can make a difference in the Idaho high country.I will look for more books by Robin Lee Hatcher.

  • Kris Mcconville
    2018-10-22 12:51

    This was a really good book. The bittersweet romantic feelings evidenced by Emily and Gavin prior to Dru's death were just heartbreaking. Even though Dru was trying to set them up from the beginning the guilt they felt while she was alive was portrayed by the author exquisitely. I really liked it and it's the kind of book that I'd read again.

  • L
    2018-11-14 09:06

    When a woman is hired to move to Iowa from Washington DC to serve as a children's governess, she does not realize that the wife, who is dying from cancer, has also hired her to fall in love with her husband and be there for her children when she passes away. A really sweet story, with a powerful witness on how faith can sustain a person.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-20 08:06

    Another great read by Robin Lee Hatcher. She is an automatic read author for me. She hasn't disappointed me yet. She did a great job of bring the characters to life and making you feel you were living the story as it unfolded. It is a tender story of love, not just romantic love but unselfish love that want the best for all around. It is a good show of how love can change a heart.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-26 14:53

    Probably closer to 3.5 stars, this was a nice Christian historical fiction read. Family relationships, marrying for convenience, allowing past hurts to govern how you respond to others, illness, impulsiveness, and a growing faith and maturity are all part of the story. It focuses more on clean romance than the historical setting, and I would have preferred a more balanced approach.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-30 14:42

    When Love Blooms is a sweet historical story with characters who face very real problems. Emily signs on to teach Gavin's two adopted daughters at their home in the high country of Colorado. Gavin is sure Emily will never survive without the amenities of city life. The struggles they faced spoke to me as I read the story. Robin Lee Hatcher has penned a wonderful book.